Free will

As I was writing my last post, about choices, the lyrics to Free Will, by Rush, kept popping into my head. I believe that ear worms are one way my subconscious shows me synchronicities and patterns in my life. In the 1980s, when I was a teenager, listening to Rock music, I certainly did even think about the meaning behind these lyrics, but sure enough, if you read the lyrics (below), Rush is telling us that whether we call on a higher power or not, we have always have choices.

There are those who think that life
Has nothing left to chance
A host of holy horrors
To direct our aimless dance

A planet of playthings
We dance on the strings
Of powers we cannot perceive
The stars aren’t aligned
Or the gods are malign
Blame is better to give than receive

You can choose a ready guide
In some celestial voice
If you choose not to decide
You still have made a choice

You can choose from phantom fears
And kindness that can kill
I will choose a path that’s clear
I will choose free will

There are those who think that
They’ve been dealt a losing hand
The cards were stacked against them

They weren’t born in Lotus-Land

All preordained
A prisoner in chains
A victim of venomous fate
Kicked in the face
You can’t pray for a place
In heaven’s unearthly estate

You can choose a ready guide
In some celestial voice
If you choose not to decide
You still have made a choice

You can choose from phantom fears
And kindness that can kill
I will choose a path that’s clear
I will choose free will

Each of us
A cell of awareness
Imperfect and incomplete
Genetic blends
With uncertain ends
On a fortune hunt
That’s far too fleet

You can choose a ready guide
In some celestial voice
If you choose not to decide
You still have made a choice

You can choose from phantom fears
And kindness that can kill
I will choose a path that’s clear
I will choose free will

Songwriters: GEDDY LEE, ALEX LIFESON, NEIL PEART
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Do you choose to be a victim of circumstance or do you choose to choose your path? Even if you choose not to decide, while I would never recommend indecision, in not choosing, you still have made a choice.

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